Deputy President of Kenya William Ruto has told off President Uhuru Kenyatta over handouts remarks that the Head of State ostensibly directed at him last week.
On Friday, July 9, the President said some leaders do not have good plans for transforming the lives of Kenyans and have instead resorted to dishing out handouts in what appeared to be a dig at the DP.
Speaking on Sunday, July 11, at African Holy Ghost Christian Church in Huruma, Nairobi, Ruto wondered why Uhuru gets annoyed when he helps poor Kenyans like Mama Mboga and BodaBoda adding that Uhuru used the same handouts to woe voters during the 2013 and 2017 presidential elections.
“When you were looking for votes you gave out Sh100 but you did not call it handout. But when I am giving to churches, Boda Bodas and mama mbogas, it becomes handout. We may not be geniuses, but we are not fools,
“You gave people Sh100 to get a five-year job but when I give Sh5, 000 to mama mboga, that becomes a handout,” the DP said in an apparent response to Uhuru.
Ruto further vowed not to bow down to the intimidations by the state, saying he would continue to help low-income Kenyans improve their lives even if it means giving them financial help.
Speaking during his tour of the Ukambani region, Uhuru covertly accused Ruto of corrupting the minds of the youth with handouts instead of empowering them to fend for themselves.
“Kenyans don’t want handouts. They want to be given the ability to fend for themselves. That is the country we can say, have citizens who are happy for their country,
“You must have plans. And you can’t have plans if you don’t think about the things that will help citizens to stand on their own,” Uhuru said.